Charles H. Manekin
AOS: Jewish Philosophy, Spinoza, Modern Philosophy, Medieval
Office: 1122A Skinner Building

Charles H. Manekin (PhD, Columbia) is Professor of Philosophy and currently Director of the Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff Center of Jewish Studies. He specializes in the history of philosophy, specifically medieval Jewish and Islamic philosophy. He is also interested in the history of science among Muslims and Jews. The focus of Manekin's research has been Aristotelian and humanist logic in Hebrew, the philosophy of Levi Gersonides, and the free will problem in Jewish philosophy. He has written books on Gersonides and Maimonides and has edited a collection of articles on general and Jewish perspectives on freedom and moral responsibility. He has also edited collections of Jewish philosophy for Routledge and Cambridge. Manekin received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities (1985), the Yad Hanadiv Foundation (1991-1992), and the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture (1999-2000). He was recently awarded a three-year Collaboration Grant from the NEH to prepare a translation and revision of the standard reference work on medieval Hebrew translations from the Arabic and the Latin. The first volume is scheduled to appear in 2013. He has taught at Hebrew University and Ben-Gurion University in Israel, and was a Visiting Senior Lecturer at Bar Ilan University.

Recent publications

Books:  Moritz Steinschneider's Hebrew Translations of the Middle Ages: Jewish Authors. Amsterdam Studies in Jewish Thought. Dordrecht: Springer, 2014 (with Y. Tzvi Langermann and Hans Hinrich Biesterfeldt.). Medieval Jewish Philosophy. Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007. On Maimonides. Wadsworth Philosophers Series. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth: 2004. The Logic of Gersonides: A translation of "Sefer ha-Heqqesh ha-Yashar" (The Book of the Correct Syllogism) of Rabbi Levi ben Gershom, with Introduction, Commentary, and Analytical Glossary.  New Synthèse Historical Library Series, Dordrecht: Kluwer, 1992. Philosophers and the Bible. College Park: University Press of Maryland, 2008 (Co-editor with Robert Eisen). The Routledge Jewish Philosophy Reader. London: Routledge, 2000. (Co-editor with Daniel H. Frank and Oliver Leaman. Freedom and Moral Responsibility: General and Jewish Perspectives.  College Park: University Press of Maryland, 1997.  A Straight Path: Stu­dies in Medieval Philosophy and Culture: Essays in Honor of Arthur Hyman.  Washington: Catholic University Press, 1988. (Co-editor with R. Link-Salinger and R. James Long)

Articles in Journals:  “The History of the French Mémoire of Steinschneider’s Die Hebraeischen Übersetzungen des Mittelalters” Pe’amim 129 (2012) 120-146.(Hebrew) “Maimonides Concept of Will in His Later Writings,” Maimonidean Studies 5 (2008): 189-222. “Maimonides’ on Divine Knowledge – Moses of Narbonne’s Averroist Reading,” American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 76 (2002): 51-74.  “Scholastic Logic and the Jews,”  Bulletin de l’étude de la philosophie médievale 41 (1999): 123-147.  “Steinschneider’s Die Hebraeischen Übersetzungen des Mittelalters: From Reference Work to Digitalized Database ,”  Jewish Studies Quarterly 7 (2000): 141-159.  "On Moses Hayyim Luzzatto's Logic, and on Ramist Influence in His Writings," Daat: A Journal of Jewish Thought 40 (1998): 5-27.

Chapters in Books  "The Ambiguous Impact of Christian Scholasticism on Jewish Philosophy in the Late Middle Ages” In Alessandro Musco, ed. Universalità della ragione: ... = Universalité de la raison ... = Universality of reason : ... : XII Congresso internazionale di filosofia medievale de la Société ..., Palermo, 17-22 settembre 2007. Palermo: Officina di studi medievali, 2012. 1: 215-230.  “Maimonides and the Arabic Aristotelian Tradition of Epistemology,” in Beyond Religious Borders: Interaction and Intellectual Exchange in the Medieval Islamic World, ed. David M. Freidenreich and Miriam Goldstein. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012. Pp. 78-91, 192-197. "Jewish Philosophy in Arabic" in The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Philosophy, ed. John Marenbon. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012.  “The Genesis of Die Hebraeischen Uebersetzungen des Mittelalter,” in Studies on Steinschneider: Moritz Steinschneider and the Emergence of the Science of Judaism in Nineteenth-Century Germany, eds. Reimund Leicht and Gad Freudenthal.  Leiden: Brill, 2011,  pp 487-529. "On Humanist Logic Judaized - Then and Now: Two Models for the Appropriation of Gentile Science," in Studies in the History of Culture and Science: A Tribute to Gad Freudenthal, eds. Resianne Fontaine, Ruth Glasner, Reimund Leicht, and Giuseppe Veltri, pp. 431-45.  “Logic in Medieval Jewish Culture,” Science in Medieval Jewish Cultures, Ed. Gad Freudenthal. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011, pp. 113-136. “Logic, Jewish,”  in Encyclopedia of Medieval Philosophy: Philosophy between 500 and 1500. Dordrecht: Springer, 2011, pp. 697-703..       “Moses Maimonides, in ” Medieval Philosophy of Religion, ed. Oppy, Graham, and Nick Trakakis.  Durham: Acumen, 2009.   “Avicenna, The Healing: Logic: Demonstration,” tranlated into Hebrew, with notes.  An Anthology of Avicenna’s Writings. Ed. Steven Harvey. Tel Aviv U Press, 2009, pp. 82-114.    “Propositions and Propositional Inference in Medieval Hebrew Logic," in Cambridge History of Medieval Jewish Philosophy, eds. Steven Nadler and Tamar Rudavsky. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2009, pp.  167-187.  “Maimonides’ On Divine Will and the Limitations of Knowledge,” Maimonides: Tradition and Originality, Ed. A. Ravitsky. Jerusalem: Shazar Institute. Jerusalem: 2009, 1.297-316.


Spring 2017
PHIL320 Modern Philosophy
Fall 2016
PHIL234 Fundamental Concepts of Judaism
Spring 2016
PHIL320 Modern Philosophy
Fall 2015
PHIL688G Selected Problems in Philosophy: The Golden Age of Jewish Philosophy
PHIL417 The Golden Age of Jewish Philosophy
Spring 2015
PHIL320 Modern Philosophy
Fall 2014
PHIL234 Fundamental Concepts of Judaism
Spring 2014
PHIL828C Seminar in the History of Philosophy: The Philosophy of Spinoza
Fall 2013
PHIL417 The Golden Age of Jewish Philosophy